.fr Domain Rules

Terms and Conditions

Attribution: .fr is open to individuals over 18 years old and organizations which reside in the European Economic Area or in Switzerland. We strongly suggest that organizations fill out the company identification fields (VAT number, SIREN, WALDEC, DUNS, etc.) as this will facilitate any verification that AFNIC might perform at a later date.
The same eligibility conditions apply to the administrative contact. You cannot register domain names finishing by <-gouv.fr>.

Syntax: From 1 to 63 alphanumeric characters or hyphen (other than in the first or last place).

Registration period: 1 to 10 years.

Renewal: Domains are deactivated upon expiration; it is possible to renew up to 28 days following the expiration date.


Reserved domain names: Names and terms subject to additional particular conditions and to AFNIC prior review (Naming Charter Article 2.4):

  • domain names previously reserved or prohibited open to applicants that justify a legitimate right and act in good faith
  • names beginning with “ville-“, “mairie-“, “agglo-“, “cc-“, “cg-“, “cr-” subject to AFNIC naming conventions rules.

Disputes: Dispute resolution policySYRELI.

Transfer (change of Registrar): The process is started on the new registrar’s interface with an auth code. A transfer usually takes 8 days (22 days if the losing registrar refuses the transfer request). The new expiration date of the domain name will be 1 year after the effective date of the transfer, to which will be added, if applicable, the additional years for which your domain name was registered (excluding the current year during the transfer).